Sunday, May 26, 2013

Apple Sausage Pancake Casserole

I like to have a casserole ready to pop in the oven when ever we have extras for breakfast. My son was having a sleepover for his birthday so we had 6 hungry boys to feed. My son suggested Apple Butter Pancakes and Sausage, so rather than waiting and making it all up in the morning I made up this casserole to pop in the oven for a quick crowd pleaser!

2 apples, chopped
2 TB butter
1 TB lemon juice
2 TB sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice

16 oz link sausage, cooked and sliced

2 cups flour(GF is delicious too, add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum too)
2 TB baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar(more or less to taste)
1/4 cup ground flax
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup milk
8 oz apple butter
2 TB melted butter

1 cup apple juice
1 TB cornstarch
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

In a pan on medium heat, heat the butter until it is melted and just starting to brown, add chopped apples then sprinkle with lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Stir gently and cook until the apples are tender and the mixture is caramelized. Remove from heat.

In a greased 9 x 13 pan pour the apple mixture then arrange the sliced sausage evenly.

Pancake mixture:

In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and flax. Mix and make a well in the center.

In another bowl measure eggs, milk, apple butter and melted butter and mix well.

Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

Pour over the apple/sausage mixture, spread evenly and gently tap the pan to allow the pancake batter to settle into all the crevices.

I made it to this point and cover and stuck it in the fridge until morning.

Remove casserole from the fridge at least 30 minutes prior to baking.
Preheat oven to 350

Bake casserole for 45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

While it is baking make the glaze
In a saucepan whisk apple juice with cornstarch and spices. Heat over medium heat until boiling cook and stir for a minute or two until very thick.

Pour evenly over baked pancake and spread to the edge

Slice and enjoy !

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